2012 Martinsvill March NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Flyoverby Dwight Drum at Racetake.com

Only four more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season races are left in the Chase for the Championship as the hectic competition moves from its longest track at 2.66-miles around Talladega to the one of the shortest tracks at Martinsville with its .526-mile oval.

Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Va., is not only short with 12-degree banking; it’s shaped like a paperclip with very tight corners at each end. Continue reading “FYI WIRZ: NASCAR Chase Chances Slim Heading Into Martinsville Short Track”

stp-400-nascar-green-flag-start-kansas-fans-2013FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s Chase tightens going west to Kansas

by Dwight Drum at Racetake.com

Some claim NASCAR’s playoffs, the Chase for the Sprint Cup, are already a three-man race, but seven events remain to be run and at least one, Talladega, is often a crap shoot.

Continue reading “FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s Chase Tightens Going West To Kansas”

Top 12 NASCAR Top 12 Chase DriversFYI WIRZ: 10 NASCAR drivers Chase a final spot at bumpy Richmond

by Dwight Drum at Racetake.com

Bubbles are about to burst in Richmond and none are in seltzer water or champagne.

Mathematically, 10 drivers are on the Chase playoff bubble–Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray and Pual Menard. All can make NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup final contender list. Realistically, only some will grab a final position.

Continue reading “FYI WIRZ: 10 NASCAR Drivers Chase A Final Spot At Bumpy Richmond”

cup_points81613NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are done twisting on the road course at Watkins Glen International and head into the wide 2-mile oval with 18-degree banking at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 18.

by Dwight Drum at Racetake.com

MIS is often considered NASCAR’s fastest track because of wide turns and long straightaways.

Speed will mean more this week as only four races remain before the Chase contenders are determined. Some drivers have to win to get in. Others have to finish strong if they hope to cling to their lofty spot and be ready for 10-race playoffs.

Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team have a comfortable 75-point lead owing to consistent performance and that makes it tougher for other teams to advance. It seems Johnson with crew discover an extra cylinder or spare frontal lobes when needed.

Continue reading “FYI WIRZ: NASCAR Leaders Return To Fast Left Turns Going Into Michigan”

jimmie-johnson-nascar-sprint-cup-series-new-hampshire-july-2013For a while last week it looked like the Pocono wall that collected Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 golden ride may have placed a big dent in a mounting point lead.

by Dwight Drum at Racetake.com

Not so fast.

Johnson’s cape got soiled a bit in Pocono, but Chad Knaus and team dusted it off and the No. 48 gained two more points after a long comeback drive. They were ready to move on.

Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania and Watkins Glen International in Upstate New York are not distant in miles, but the triangle and the road course are like two different worlds.

Johnson and team have adapted well to road courses, but then they’ve adapted to almost everything in 2013 and continue to build a point buffer that won’t be overcome by other teams before the Chase begins.

Continue reading “FYI WIRZ: Pocono Wall Doesn’t Slow NASCAR Point Lead Going Into Watkins Glen”

jeff-gordon-kansas-1-2013FYI WIRZ: Drivers know fast skills lead to NASCAR, NHRA and IndyCar success

by Dwight Drum at Racetake.com

Humans are all born with inherent abilities, some more than others. All humans learn much as they grow through life, some absorb more than others.

Motorsports drivers must have a unique mix of nature and nurture that is somehow motivated by competitive energy that won’t often be denied.

When legendary driver Mario Andretti was asked if he could see motorsports abilities in children, his answer was direct and simple–”Not all kids are created equal.”

Continue reading “FYI WIRZ: Drivers Know Fast Skills Lead To NASCAR, NHRA And IndyCar Success”

jimmie-johnson-nascar-daytona-500-victory-lane-2013Rolling out of the Daytona crapshoot, those teams lucky and good enough to be in the top 12 in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points are well-positioned. Only eight races remain before the points are re-set and given the scanty point system, the Top Five or so are likely to get their share of the 384 points available before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins.

by Dwight Drum at Racetake.com

It’s simply go-time for half of the drivers and teams in the Top 20 as only 12 are going to get the chance for the coveted Sprint crown. Wins are more like treasure now. Crashes that result in even one DNF can be a mortal blow to playoff hopes. Consistency is essential.

Continue reading “FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s 36-Race Season Is Half Done With Only 8 Races To The Chase”

pocono_nscs_060613The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series climbs up to the Pocono Mountains in Long Pond, Pennsylvania for a challenging race on the 2.5-mile triangle with 14 degree banking at Pocono Raceway.

by Dwight Drum at Racetake.com

This race is named the Party in the Poconos 400 presented by Walmart, but the track is known as The Tricky Triangle. NASCAR drivers past and present respect this fast track that opened in August 4, 1974. A recent re-pavement has rendered most historic data inadequate so teams will look forward to practice time with keen awareness.

Rainy weather may interfere with anticipated adjustment laps.

Continue reading “FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s Top Five Ride Momentum Into Race 14 In Pocono”

2013-Subway-Fresh-Fit-500-Phoenix-030313-Carl-Edwards-Flip-WinFYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s 7 winners in 2013 charge into race 13 at Dover

by Dwight Drum at Racetake.com

As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit rolls into race 13 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, seven drivers bring wins to the garage where teams will prepare for the “Monster Mile.”

Matt Kenseth leads the victory pack with three wins. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have won twice this year. Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards and David Ragan have one win each.

Continue reading “FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s 7 Winners In 2013 Charge Into Race 13 At Dover”